Oct 23, 2012 3:00am PDT
supporting monarchies in saudi arabia and jordan yet, but at the same time talking about democracies. if you spend any time in that region at all, first thing happens when you get off an airplane is some young arab will come up to you and say, i love america, you only support israel. so it's very hard to get traction in that part of the world when it comes to having an influence on them. >> before i get to a back and forth last night that resinated with either side depending on who you were supporting, what was your take away overall? >> well, barack obama clearly outmatched mitt romney on substance. no doubt about that. i also noticed a couple of minutes in, mitt romney was striking the right tone. the second debate his tone was all wrong for the first 20 minutes, 30 minutes, he was combative like he was in the republican primary. and while that worked well against rick perry, and newt gingrich and very well against primary opponents herman cain, it doesn't work well against the sitting president of the united states. last night his tone was right. he wasn't as strong on
Oct 15, 2012 3:00am PDT
really be an historic moment. you point out jordan. it didn't happen in iran after the death of that young woman who wasn't even a protester in the green revolution in the streets in 2009. the people, you know, originally turned out for her, nadia, but eventually that petered out under the heavy boot of the totalitarian regime. if this does change pakistan profoundly, that has impact in pakistan and throughout the region. >> mark halperin. >> you've got to wonder what the reason is for republicans who know the election is going to be primarily about the economy, why they continue to talk about libya, syria, why about governor romney give that foreign policy speech? my sense is their view of the race is particularly with the economy doing a little bit better, that they need to show that governor romney is stronger. you go back to castellano's very smart view of debates, you need moments of strength. and remember, we've got a whole debate on foreign policy coming up. he's trying to put himself as stronger than the president on the economy but also on all these international situations
Oct 11, 2012 6:00am EDT
the bastards, send in the military. apparently we have troops in jordan helping them deal with the crisis of refugees coming over the border from syria. on the other hand, there's kind of a sense of to hell with the rest of the world. we can't fix these places. let's just let them sink in their own mess and, you know, extricate ourselves as much as possible. i don't think either of those two extremes will ever come from any american president, meaning that you need to protect your allies, you need to have a presence and as romney points out, if we don't do it, will china step into this role? is india? the other options. as bad as an option is of the u.s. being if not the world's policemen, the world's s.w.a.t. team, the one who gets called in emergencies, then, you know, the other options are other countries that don't have our interests at heart. my guess is that romney may be campaigning in a strong -- as you described, as a neocon level, he may end up governing, if elected, in a much more realist manner. budget and financial matters. not necessarily an ideological predilection.
Oct 12, 2012 3:00am PDT
-- listen, with davey johnson, the other thing yesterday in the seventh inning, he brings in jordan zimmerman, a starter, the first time he had ever come in from the pen, one of the best starters in baseball, only davey johnson would have pulled that move. >> and he struck out the side. >> he did. >>> next, mika's "must-read opinion pages." you're watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. ♪ [ male announcer ] start with a simple idea. think. drink coffee. design something totally original. do it again. that's good. call in the engineers. call in the car guys. call in the nerds. build a prototype. mold it. shape it. love it. give it a starting price under 16 grand. take it to the track. tweak. tweak. tweak. stop. take it to the car shows. call the critics. call the marketing team. get a celebrity endorser. he's perfect. i am? [ male announcer ] yes, you are. making a groundbreaking car -- it's that easy. ♪ >>> welcome back to "morning joe." 44 past the hour. time now for the "must-read opinion pages." and we have more reaction to the vice presidential debate last night. we'll s